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Museum Insider: Jacqueline de Ribes The Art of Style

Museum Insider: Jacqueline de Ribes The Art of Style
By Donna Rocco The Costume Institute’s latest exhibition gives you an insider view of style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes. This countess ran her own design business from the early eighties until the mid-nineties. She was a muse, business women, interior designer and television producer. These images are of some of the gowns and dresses that are part of her collection. The exhibit is located in gallery 980-981 of the Metropolitan Museum and closes February 21st. Donna Rocco has loved photography from the moment she held the first camera in her hand and felt the connection between herself and the visual world. She has worked as a photographer for over two decades in areas including: advertising, editorial, live action, sports, promotion [continue reading...]

The Sultry Historical Eye of Petra Mason

The Sultry Historical Eye of Petra Mason
Petra Mason is one of those people who does many things very well. She is a cultural historian, a founding partner of Books & Books Press, and has published and produced many books including New York, The Glass House and The Spirit of Miami Beach. I discovered her through an eye-catching volume on a friend’s coffee table: Beefcake 100% Rare, All Natural, a study of male pinups of the 1950s and 60s. Mason also explored female pinups of that era in Bettie Page Queen of Curves and Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom. Though sumptuous, these books are rich in historical and biographical detail, with intros by notables like Dita Von Teese and Lady Bunny. There is more going on than cheesecake, but it’s a [continue reading...]

Mean Streets: 4 Photographers, 4 Decades

Mean Streets: 4 Photographers, 4 Decades
Before shimmering condos rose on every corner, before Donald Trump sought higher office and everyone had a camera on their phone, a group of gifted photographers–real photographers–prowled the urban jungle. Four of them–Amy Arbus, Alan Kleinberg, Ash Thayer and Andre D. Wagner–are featured in an exhibition at the OUTLET Gallery called Hit the Street. Each photographer selected by curator John Silvis “represents” a decade, and each is known for their deep connection to the people and places they shot. In the 1970s, Alan Kleinberg worked as a hairdresser for fashion magazines like Vogue and Mademoiselle, where he was exposed to the artistry of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. A friendship with Saul Leiter helped develop his keen eye for the street, where [continue reading...]

Museum Insider – In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa

Museum Insider – In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa
The show spans one hundred years of West African photography from 1870s to the 1970s.  The fascinating images of West African culture were taken by both amateur and professionals photographers and give a glimpse of the people, fashion and society we rarely get to see. There are seven subcategories within the exhibit: Pioneers of Photography; Postcards; Amateur Practices; Studio Practices in Senegal; Malick Sidlbe; Seydou Kieta and Oumar Ka; Studio Practices in the 1970s. The work includes portrait, landscape, self-portraits, staged images and snapshots in many formats. The exhibit shows some of the ways photography has played a part in the development of society and culture. Click here for more information.     Location of exhibit is in Gallery 916. Closes January 3, 2016 Donna [continue reading...]

Lynn Saville and her Dark City

Lynn Saville and her Dark City
In Lynn Saville’s photographs you can feel her excitement as daytime shifts into night or night into day. She sees natural and artificial light emerging out of darkness, or advertising signs and street lights fading into dawn and is inspired by this regular, but dramatic, phenomenon. Also, some of her excitement comes from enjoyment in being alone, knowing that people are there but not out on the street. In winter she shoots more, because of the earlier darkness. One shoot that she mentioned was in Bushwick at 4am where, as usual for the morning, she felt that extra pressure at dawn, because when the sun comes up, the session is over. Due to the times when Lynn photographs, safety is [continue reading...]